L: God we confess to you that the sin of racial hatred and prejudice distorts your divine plan for our lives. You created all humans in divine likeness, diverse and beautiful. In every person, in every race is your image. But too often we fail to recognize your image in all people. And too often we fail to choose to advocate for your justice for all people.
P: Forgive us.
L: You created all humans for divine abundance, to reap and sow but also to share. In every social structure is your seed of community, but too often we fail to create that community which includes all and gives to all equal access to your abundant life.
P: Forgive us.
L: Open our eyes to distinguish good from evil and open our hearts to desire good over evil. So that we may create among us your beloved community. We confess that we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have allowed the sin of racism to divide us in what we have done and what we have not done; what we have said and what we have not said. Purify our hearts and tame our tongues, we pray:
P: Give us courage to repent, fight for righteousness, and to love and embrace one another as created in divine likeness…
L: In the name of Jesus, Our Lord Amen. Now, the good thing is that as 2 Corinthians tells us, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All who, following Jesus, have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and are being transformed into the same image of Jesus who was free from all sins, including hatred of others and racism. So, if you have found yourself dealing with prejudice in your heart but have confessed your sin and are repenting of that—continue to ask for forgiveness from that sin so you may find rest in the freedom of His forgiveness.